Pentax K-7

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Pentax K-7
Typedigital single-lens reflex camera
LensInterchangeable Pentax KAF3 and KAF2 mount compatible with Pentax auto-aperture lenses; older lenses supported in stop-down metering mode.
SensorAPS-C (1.54×) CMOS active pixel sensor with a primary color filter
Maximum resolution14.6 megapixels
Film speedISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, boosted: 6400
Recording mediumSD, SDHC; SDXC with firmware update 1.12 or later
Exposure modesHyper Program, Hyper Manual, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter-Speed Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter-Speed and Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Green (Auto)
Exposure meteringTTL open-aperture metering with choice of: 77-segment, Center-weighted & Spot meter
FlashOnboard pop-up flash with high-speed sync, P-TTL external flashes via hotshoe, PC socket external flash, 1/180 s X-sync speed
Shutter speed range1/8000 s – 30 s, Bulb
Continuous shooting5.2 frames/s up to 40 JPEG images or 15 RAW images
ViewfinderEye-level pentaprism, near-100% coverage, 0.92× magnification
LCD screen3″, 640×480 (VGA)
BatteryRechargeable D-LI90 lithium-ion battery, optional AC adapter
Weight670 g (body only), 750 g (with battery)

The Pentax K-7 is a 14.6-megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera, announced on 20 May 2009.[1] This is the first new flagship model released by Pentax since its merger with Hoya Corporation on 31 March 2008. It was discontinued late in 2010 in favour of the K-5.


The Pentax K-7 was announced on 20 May 2009 and shipping began as of the first week of July 2009. The K-7 has the same pixel count as its predecessor, the K20D, but offers a significantly expanded feature set in a smaller body. New features include:[2][3]

  • body is still weather resistant like the K20D; however, it is now made of magnesium alloy, and it is now also low temperature resistant
  • a high-definition video recording function (30 frames per second at 1536×1024 resolution or HDTV (cropped))
  • TAv exposure mode: Time/Aperture Value: photographer sets his own desired shutter speed/aperture, while the camera adjusts the ISO accordingly to compensate exposure
  • in-camera high dynamic range imaging function to create one composite image from three images with different exposures
  • dedicated AF-assist lamp
  • in-camera electronic level that works with Earth's gravity, usable in total darkness too (a 1st by Pentax in any camera model from any brand)
  • automatic horizon correction
  • a new shutter rated for 100,000 actuations and capable of shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000 second
  • continuous shooting speed of up to 5.2 frames per second
  • a viewfinder with 100% field coverage
  • a new Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen
  • a new autofocus module
  • a 77-segment light meter
  • a newly developed DR II dust removal system
  • a 3″ LCD monitor with a wide angle IPS panel with approximately 921k dots
  • Face recognition in live view mode
  • a new-generation Shake Reduction mechanism which can compensate for rotational movement
  • lighter weight: the K-7 body weighs 55 g (7.5%) less than the K20D
  • very quiet shutter[4]


  1. ^ Richard Butler (2009-05-20). "Pentax K-7 Hands-on Preview". DPReview. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
  2. ^ "Preview on".
  3. ^ "Official Pentax Imaging Web Site K-7 Highlights". Archived from the original on 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  4. ^ Mike Johnston (2009-05-20). "New Pentax Flagship, the K-7 (an early user review)". Retrieved 2009-05-20.

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